Health ministry fails to send letter seeking action against KNMC

Kathmandu, September 4

The Ministry of Health has failed to send a letter to the Ministry of Home Affairs and District Administration Office seeking action against Kathmandu National Medical College for its illegal operation.

“The letter had been drafted but as office time was already over by the time the final editing and proof reading was done we couldn’t send it. The letter is ready now and we will send it on September 6 as there is a public holiday on September 5,” informed Dr Bholaram Shrestha, chief of the Curative Service Division at the Ministry of Health.

In the letter, the ministry has requested the MoH and DAO not to grant permission for operation of the hospital until it gets permission as per the guideline for Health Institutions Established Upgrade Standard 2070 along with its amendment, as per Dr Shrestha.

However, Chief District Officer Kedarnath Sharma informed that they hadn’t been informed about the letter. He added, “The Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health has to look into it as it is related to a medical college and the issues of medical colleges aren’t related to us. But if there is request for security it will be our duty to provide the needed security.”

Similarly, a three-member probe committee formed by Tribhuvan University Executive Committee hasn’t started inspection of the hospital saying enough meetings have not been held regarding the inspection. “Only informal conversations have taken place about the inspection. We are yet to decide what and how to inspect,” informed Parshu Ram Koirala, chief of Office of Tribhuvan University Service Commission, who is one of the members in the probe committee.

The ministry of Health had decided to close the hospital as the eight-member probe committee that included Dr Dipendra Raman Singh, Dr Gunaraj Lohani, Dr Bholaram Shrestha, Narayan Dhakal, Dr Runa Jha, Dr Swoyam Prakash Pandit, Kabita Aryal and Bhawanath Khatiwada had submitted its report after the hospital was found to be running illegally.

After the probe committee had submitted its report Tribhuvan University Executive Committee put on hold the affiliation given to KNMC, on September 2. It has formed a three-member probe committee headed by Sanat Devkota to inspect the teaching hospital to see if it meets the operational criteria and present the report to the university’s executive committee.